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Een internationale wandeling over de mooiste stukjes van de Hondsrug

  • 100 km
  • 9 dagen totaal

The Hünenweg/Hondsrugpad is a new long-distance walking route of 326 kilometers that starts/ends in Osnabrück or Groningen. The Hünenweg/Hondsrugpad is marked with yellow paint/signs with a blue ‘H’. And in the Netherlands, the Hünenweg has the ‘Hondsrugpad’ as an addition in the name. The new hiking route of the Hünenweg/Hondsrugpad has been developed to create a physical connection between two Geoparks, the Hondsrug in the Netherlands and TERRA.Vita in Germany. The Hünenweg/Hondsrugpad is intended to become one of the most beautiful cross-border hiking trails in Europe.

Signposts along the Hünenweg

The route over the Hondsrug is ancient, with room for stream valleys, special landscapes, archaeology, cultural history and nature. The landscape of the Hondsrug, but also of TERRA.vita, is full of traces from a distant and less distant past. The path follows medieval cart tracks, prehistoric peat paths, past impressive dolmens and leads through moors, extensive forests, sand drifts, unique rock formations, fields and ancient villages.

The walking route consists of 20 day stages, varying from 13 to 25 kilometers (9 in the Netherlands, 11 in Germany). All day stages start/end at an information panel showing the local attractions and a detailed map. There are plenty of accommodation options along the route, such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs. This autumn, in November 2021, the Hünenweg/Hondsrugpad will be officially opened. More information will then be available on the special website that will then become active.

One of the many hunebedden (dolmens) along the route

The northern, Dutch part of the Hünenweg takes you past the most beautiful spots of the Hondsrug. The Dutch part consists of 9 stages of 10-20 km in length. Only the two southern stages have a length of about 30 km.

The route takes you through the empty wastes of the Barger Moor. 

Starting point

NS Station Groningen

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